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Link between cataract surgery and mortality

There is some great news for patients who have undergone cataract surgery. A recent study found that those who had cataract surgery lived longer than those who had not had the surgery. Extensive amounts of data from over a 10-year period was collected from more than 1.5 million patients. Researchers poured over the research data and after adjusting for demographics and other variables, patients who had undergone cataract surgery had almost a 30% reduced likelihood of mortality compared to their non-surgery counterparts. This was the first study to examine data from a large, diverse cohort of patients who had cataracts. The prevailing thought regarding the results is that the improvement in a patient's ability to take care of themselves aided in prolonging their life.*

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